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Notification of Operation

As of October 1,2014, Notifications of Operation are now sumitted electronically using the new E-Notification (or FERNS) system. A notification must be filed before beginning any forest operation, and there may be special requirements you must meet. 
How to file a Notification of Operation?

What is E-Notification?
To streamline the steps needed before doing a forest operation, E-Notification combines the three steps (notifying the State Forester about the forest operation; applying to use fire or operate machinery; and notifying the State Forester and Department of Revenue about the intent to harvest timber) into one notification.
Here are a few of the functions of E-Notification:
  • E-Notification will allow you to Notify the Oregon Department of Forestry prior to conducting an operation or forest practice. You must file a Notification of Operation at least 15 days before starting the operation.
  • E-Notification will also allow you to notify the Oregon Department of Revenue of the intent to harvest timber.
  • E-Notification will allow you to apply for a Permit to Use Fire or Power-Driven Machinery (PDM). You must obtain this permit for any operation that used fire or power driven machinery.
  • E-Notification will allow you to subscribe to receive notifications of operation and information alerts.

How to become a Subscriber?

Anyone can subscribe yearly to receive copies of all notifications of operations submitted to the Department. Click here to subscribe.

How to use E-Notification?

For questions about how to log-in, register, and/or submit a notification, please view the resources below:

Manuals and Guides

YouTube Training Videos

Need additional help filing a notification?

Each ODF office has a FERNS Kiosk set up and trained staff available to help you file a notification. For a list of ODF office locations near you, click here.

You may also contact the FERNS Help Staff by email at: FERNShelp@odf.state.or.us.

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